The immediate effects of air pollution are hard to ignore. Watery eyes, coughing and difficulty breathing are acute and common reactions.
An estimated 92 percent of the world’s population live in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution
and, even at seemingly imperceptible levels, air pollution can increase one’s risk of cardiovascular and premature death.
Air pollution is almost as deadly as tobacco. In 2016, it was linked to the deaths of 6.1 million people
, according the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
And it might harm you even before you take your first breath.